We set up Capability to join and contribute to the international debate and community of practice of researchers, practitioners, and civil servants who are debating and testing ways to design and implement development initiatives that focus on solving local problems that are debated, defined and refined by local people in an ongoing process and that blend design and implementation through rapid cycles of planning, action, reflection and revision (drawing on local knowledge, feedback and energy) to foster learning from both success and failure. Through our work we want to foster real results – real solutions to real problems that have a real impact: they build trust, empower people and promote sustainability.

We are developing an international network of like-minded associates and partners driven by the desire to do great work together.


Our partners

Common Thread

Common Thread is a social and behaviour change company that bridges well-meaning public health plans with actual human behavior. We design creative, compassionate and strategic tools to help people make healthier choices.


Fortiko is a Finnish think tank and service provider offering science-based solutions for sustainable development pathways, with extensive experience in applied multidisciplinary research, education and capacity-building, and expertise in climate change adaptation and mitigation, sustainable management of forest resources, rural livelihoods, poverty reduction, and social inclusion.

Mlup Baitong

Mlup Baitong is a Cambodian NGO working to increase environmental awareness and conservation, seeking solutions for sustainable and equitable use of natural resources through education, training, advocacy, community-based natural resource management, and eco-tourism activities.


The Sustainable Development Policy Institute is an internationally recognized policy research think tank established in Islamabad (Pakistan). SDPI carries out policy research on inclusive economic growth, governance, climate change, education, health, energy, gender and sustainable livelihood.


The Foundation for Development Management is a development consultancy established in Kathmandu (Nepal) that provides advisory services in the areas of policy research, monitoring and evaluation, institutional development and strengthening, strategic planning and policy analysis.

Dala Institute

Dala Institute is dedicated to elucidating and identifying durable solutions to contemporary issues at the nexus between nature and society. We are a team of highly experienced researchers and consultants who understand that environmental and societal challenges are inseparable. Our core services are social science research, performance and impact evaluations, and technical assistance.